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UN Chief: Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women

Sunday، 25 November 2018 - 03:04 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said violence against women and girls in all its forms is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect and a failure by men to recognize the inherent equity and dignity of women.

Guterres remarks were made at a special event at UN headquarters observing the international day for elimination of violence against women, observed November 25 annually.

The Day kicks off the 16 Days of Activism under the Secretary-Generals’ UNiTe campaign, which calls on people of all sectors to join in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.

This year’s theme is ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo,’ and as in previous years, the color orange is used to draw global attention to the issue, while the hashtag is encouraged to amplify the message of survivors and activists and to put them at the centre of the conversation and response.

The theme also aims to broaden the global conversation and highlight the voices and activism of all survivors of violence and advocates around the world – many of whom are often missing from the media headlines and social media discussions.

A host of public events are being coordinated, among which iconic buildings and landmarks will be ‘oranged’ to recall the need for a violence-free future.

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